• Windows 7 Laptop shutdown/hibernate without notification…Where is my low battery notification box???

    My brother was using a Windows 7 machine and all of a sudden while he was sending an email, Windows 7 got hibernated. When he told me something like this happened, I just told him that every time the battery goes low you should be getting an low battery indicator or some balloon pop up in system tray.

    I told him to check Power Management settings to see if there is any missing setting about battery, and realized that the low battery indicator was OFF and that’s the reason there was no notification & laptop switched to Hibernate mode without any prompt.

    This is the place where you can get it up…Apparently the setting below was OFF.


    Here are the steps to follow to turn it ON…

    Please follow these steps to change your power settings.

    1. Open Power Options by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Power Options.

    2. On the Select a power plan page, click Change plan settings under the selected plan.

    3. On the Change settings for the plan page, click Change advanced power settings.

    4. On the Advanced settings tab, expand Battery, expand Low battery notification, click On battery, click the arrow, and then click On.

    5. Click OK, and then click Save changes.

    Courtesy: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprohardware/thread/3c349942-0bdc-4760-a3de-4602977f0dfd/ 


  • Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update now available

    If you are using Windows Phone 7 then probably you are aware about NoDo update, which is well known for Copy/Paste Functionality. This is now available through Phone Update using Zune.Windows Phone

    March 2011

    OS version: 7.0.7390.0*

    • Copy & paste. You asked for it—now it's here. Just tap a word and drag the arrows to copy and paste it on your phone. You can copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. To learn more, see Copy & paste.

    • Faster apps and games. Nobody likes to wait. That's why we've whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. It's all part of our focus on getting you to the things you love, easier and faster.

    • Better Marketplace search. We've streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Press the Search button in the Apps or Games section of Marketplace and you'll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the Music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.

    • Other Marketplace improvements. We've improved the stability of Marketplace while you download apps. We've also improved the experience of downloading apps larger than 20 megabytes, upgrading from trial apps to paid apps, sharing links to apps via email, sorting Xbox LIVE games by release date, and creating an Xbox LIVE account from within the Games Hub.

    • Wi-Fi improvements. We now display your phone's Media Access Control (MAC) address in Settings. (You might need this info if you try to connect to a Wi-Fi network that uses MAC address filtering. To learn more, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.) We've also removed the limit on the number of Wi-Fi profiles that you can store and reduced the time it takes to start your phone if you've stored lots of Wi-Fi profiles.

    • Outlook improvements. We've improved the experience of viewing iPhone photo attachments you receive from a non-Exchange-based email account (such as a Google Mail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail account), using the Global Address List (GAL) when connecting to Exchange Server 2003 using Exchange ActiveSync, and working with email display names that contain brackets (for example, "David Alexander [Contoso]").

    • Facebook integration. We've improved the experience of syncing Facebook accounts.

    • Camera improvements. We've improved the stability of switching between camera and video modes.

    • Audio improvements. We've improved the experience of using a Bluetooth headset to make calls when you're playing music or videos.

    • Other performance improvements. This month's update also includes software from several phone manufacturers that improves the performance of specific models. Naturally, if you don't have one of the affected models, we won't install this portion of the update on your phone.

    *New phones with OS version 7.0.7389.0 include all of the features and improvements that are included in OS version 7.0.7390.0.

    For more information visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/basics/update-history.aspx

    And to find when the update is available in your country/region visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/features/update-schedule-world.aspx

  • How Microsoft Does IT: How Microsoft IT is Implementing a Hybrid Messaging Deployment


    Learn why and how Microsoft IT is changing its Exchange 2010 on premises offering to become a hybrid offering that includes the Office 365 suite. This discussion includes the business and IT benefits of running in a hybrid mode, key work streams to achieve success.



  • Building a Private Cloud??? Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta – Evaluation

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 delivers industry leading fabric management, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud.
    Feature SummarySCVMM 2012

    • Fabric Management
      • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
      • Third Party Virtualization Platforms - Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
      • Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
      • Storage Management – Classify storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
    • Resource Optimization
      • Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster
      • Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed
      • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors
    • Cloud Management
      • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
      • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
      • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
    • Service Lifecycle Management
      • Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, os images and application packages
      • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
      • Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service
      • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with System Center Operations Manager
      • Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing
      • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V


  • Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 publicly available for Download…Supported in Production Environment !!!

    Yes, this is absolutely right. Microsoft just made available Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for download publicly & it is completely supported in production environment. Read more before you deploy this in your production environment…

    The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following: image

    • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
    • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
    • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
    • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI
    The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targets, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232606(WS.10).aspx.
    This download package includes the following items:
    • x64:
      • iSCSItarget_public.msi: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 service component for Windows Server 2008 R2.
      • iSCSITargetClient_public.msi: Virtual Disk Service (VDS) provider, Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) provider, and high-performance computing (HPC) providers to support diskless boot in HPC clusters.
    • x86:
      • iSCSITargetClient_public.msi: VDS provider, VSS provider, and HPC providers to support diskless boot in HPC clusters.
    • Documentation:
      • iSCSItarget_Gstart_R2.doc: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Getting Started Guide
      • iSCSI_33_relnotes.doc: Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 Release Notes
    • Autorun.inf: Automatically starts Index.htm to display install options
    • Index.html: Main menu page for installing software.
    • Bkgd-page-servers-dynagrid.jpg: Used by Index.html.
    • Copyright.jpg: Used by Index.html.
    • Wsr2logo.bmp: Used by Index.html.

    You can read more about Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 over http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232597(WS.10).aspx

    For more information & FAQ about this post, please visit the Jose Barreto's Blog who is a member of the File Server team at Microsoft Corporation.


  • Does Microsoft Support Network Interface Card (NIC) Teaming??

    First of all let’s start with what is NIC teaming?

    NIC teaming means grouping several physical NICs into a single logical NIC. NIC teaming enhances
    fault tolerance by increasing availability of a server’s network connection. Multiple network paths let
    you balance network traffic for better performance.

    You can read more about NIC Teaming here on Hp site in detailLogo Windows Server 2008 R2

    Using HP ProLiant Network Teaming Software with Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Hyper-V or with Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

    Similar link from Dell http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/network/9195p/en/Intel_nic_teaming_10.pdf

    These links are just for your reference so that you can understand what is NIC teaming is all about.

    The next question is when we use NIC teaming does Microsoft Support NIC Teaming? The answer short answer is No, we don’t and here is the reason or rather long answer…

    Since Network Adapter Teaming is only provided by Hardware Vendors, Microsoft does not provide any support for this technology thru Microsoft Product Support Services. As a result, Microsoft may ask that you temporarily disable or remove Network Adapter Teaming software when troubleshooting issues where the teaming software is suspect.

    If the problem is resolved by the removal of Network Adapter Teaming software, then further assistance must be obtained thru the Hardware Vendor.

    To read more visit this support article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968703

    Also, take a look at this support article titled Network adapter teaming and server clustering

    Thank You.

  • Microsoft Webcast “Ask the Experts” Series: Building Private Cloud using Hyper-V and System Center & What’s in Windows Azure for IT Professionals

    This will be an "Ask the Expert" Session around Private Cloud & Windows Azure. In this session Microsoft expert speakers will answer all your questions around setting up your own Private Cloud Infrastructure using Hyper-V & System Center Management Tools. Also, we will cover how an IT PRO can still play the role with Windows Azure. Do join this expert discussion with all your questions.

    Presenter(s): Aviraj Ajgekar, MS Anand, Saranya Sriram

    Language(s): English.

    Product(s): Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, Microsoft System Center Essentials, Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft System Center Service Manager, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Azure.

    Audience(s): IT Decision Maker, IT Generalist, IT Implementer, IT Manager, Pro Dev/Programmer.

    When: April 6th 4.00 PM to 5.30 PM

    REGISTER ONLINE TO ATTEND: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032483565